[hot-foo t]

noun, plural hot·foots.

a practical joke in which a match, inserted surreptitiously between the sole and upper of the victim's shoe, is lighted and allowed to burn down.

verb (used without object)

Informal. to go in great haste; walk or run hurriedly or rapidly (often followed by it): to hotfoot it to the bus stop.


with great speed in going; in haste.

Origin of hotfoot

1250–1300; Middle English hot fot (adv.). See hot, foot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hotfoot

Historical Examples of hotfoot

  • "Raish is hotfoot after that stock of mine," growled the light keeper.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "Hotfoot from speech with me thou wentest to the battle," said he.

    The Valkyries

    Edward Frederic Benson

  • Seize horses or even asses for your men, and ride in hotfoot.

    Told in the East

    Talbot Mundy

  • "Let's hotfoot it down to the African village and see what the movies are doing that is interesting today," she proposed.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • Just you stir your stumps and hotfoot a slug of square-faced gin into me if you know what's for your own best good.'

British Dictionary definitions for hotfoot



with all possible speed; quickly


to move quickly
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